One of the best known personalities of the contemporary African dance scene, especially in the field of teaching and development. Between 1977 and 1982, Ms Acogny was artistic director of the emblematic MUDRA AFRIQUE School of the Performing Arts created by Maurice Bejart and the Senegalese president and poet Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar. Ever since, she dances, choreographs and teaches all over the world. Germaine Acogny has created her very own technique of Modern African Dance. Her solos are performed all over the world.
In 1996, she decided to put all her energy and experience at the disposal of young African dancers and African choreographers and, with her husband, Helmut Vogt, created Ecole des Sables, which was officially inaugurated in 2004.
In 2015 she decided to hand over the Artistic Direction of the Center to her son Patrick Acogny, dancer-choreographer and teacher.
Helmut Vogt, the co-founder of the Ecole des Sables and the former administrative director, met Germaine Acogny in 1982 while he ran a dance center, “Die Tanzetage”, in Frankfurt (Germany), which he himself had Created. He has been working with Germaine Acogny for over 30 years. He has also worked in banking and advertising.
Choreographer, teacher and dancer, Patrick was trained in both Europe and Africa. He holds two masters degrees in the Performing Arts: one from Middlesex University in London (UK) and the second from Paris 8 University, where he also gained a PhD with a thesis on the transmission of African dance in France. He also specializes in Western Contemporary Dance techniques and in the deconstruction and reconstruction of patrimonial dances.
A close collaborator of his mother Germaine Acogny and her husband Helmut Vogt, since 2014 Patrick Acogny has been Artistic director of Ecole des Sables.